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Make Telework Work for You: Best Practices and Tips

featured / career development / telework / human resources

Yesterday, I discussed the rise of teleworking policies, which allow employees to work from home or any other remote location, throughout the private and public sector. It’s no surprise that these policies are becoming more popular, due to the flexibility they offer to employees, their benefits for recruiting and retaining high-performing employees, and their ability to improve work-life balance. Some companies are actually reducing their footprint (and operating costs) by eliminating their brick and mortar presence through a 100% remote workforce, others offer it only as a scheduled or situational benefit.

Situational telework typically refers to working remotely due to infrequent inclement weather or transportation issues, but it also includes allowing certain employees who are unable to report to the organization’s location due to... more

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The New Era of Telework: Benefits and Drawbacks

featured / careers / in the news / personnel development / human resources

Even in the face of metro outages or inclement weather, productivity loss has remained minimal in the Washington, D.C. metro area—at least among professional workers. This can be largely attributed to the number of both private and public sector organizations with policies in place that allow for scheduled, occasional, or situational remote work. This practice is commonly referred to as teleworking or telecommuting, and typically includes the following:

  • Replacement of time spent working in the office with time spent working from a remote location (often the employee’s own home)
  • The use of telecommunication technology (e.g., phone, email, instant messaging)

The federal government has long been on the forefront of implementing policies and technology that ensure... more

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Naked and Afraid: From Reality TV to Tobacco Products Packaging?

featured / tobacco / current events / in the news / communication research

Today, on World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for plain packaging of tobacco products. Each year on May 31, WHO and partners highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for specific efforts to reduce use across the globe.

The focus of conversation today is plain packaging, which WHO argues “is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.”

WHO World No Tobacco Day | May 31

So what’s the skinny for chatter around the water cooler today?... more

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Keeping the Significance of Memorial Day

featured / military research / current events / in the news

As a kid, it was hard not to look forward to Memorial Day: A day off from school, barbeques, good weather, the community pool opening for the Summer, and did I mention we got the day off from school? As someone who today works closely with the Military, I of course now approach Memorial Day with a stronger sense of somber gratitude for those who died protecting our country’s security and national interests. Because I was long one of them though, I like to withhold judgment on those who might forget the significance of today. However, the researcher in me can’t help but think about why it might be the case that we lose touch with the purpose of Memorial Day. I submit that it... more

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Taking Care of those that Serve and Protect: Military Member Wellbeing

featured / military research / current events / in the news

The month of May recognizes military service members and their families in many ways – including Military Appreciation Month, Military Spouse Appreciation, and of course Memorial Day. Armed Forces Day - May21,2016 One lesser known day, May 21, 2016, marks Armed Forces Day, a time to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States. At Fors Marsh Group, this day has particular importance as we’ve always had a longstanding commitment to supporting our troops through close relationships with multiple Department of Defense clients whose missions support troop wellbeing.

It’s no surprise to anyone who watched the news that today’s service members must navigate an increasingly complex and constantly evolving environment. The... more

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When is research "debunked"?

featured / in the news / psychology / market research

We rely on scientific research findings to form the basis for a variety of important decisions about issues like how money should be spent, how to keep people safe, and what kinds of foods to eat. Research findings that are widely accepted as true by the public affect decisions we make. A study of how the lay public is confused by news reports on cholesterol and diet provides one example (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.ep10932547/abstract). When published research findings conflict with each other and there’s no consensus on the truth, the trustworthiness of that research is called into question.

Lately, the popular media has summarized a number of debates among academic researchers regarding the trustworthiness of published research. An article on attitudes toward same-sex marriage was retracted by... more

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